Five Puget Sound-area high school juniors and seniors, selected as Bank of America’s 2020 Student Leaders, have started their paid summer internship.

This year’s Student Leaders are supporting Special Olympics Washington. They are participating in a collaborative, mentoring-focused project, working closely with Special Olympics Washington to interview dozens of athletes and volunteers to help tell stories about their experiences. This project is also helping Special Olympics Washington stay connected with its athletes while they are staying home since in-person programs have been canceled.

In addition, Student Leaders are engaged in conversations focused on social justice, civil rights, and how to build a more diverse and inclusive society. They are also gaining a better understanding of their personal finances through Better Money Habits, Bank of America’s financial wellness and education platform.

“Now more than ever, we must invest in the future of our community by helping a diverse pipeline of young people gain valuable hard and soft job skills and build a network they can rely on down the road,” Kerri Schroeder, Market President, Bank of America in Seattle, said in a press release. “We remain committed to supporting youth by connecting them to jobs, skills-building and leadership development.”